This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Image captured and colorized at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

KNOXVILLE — A 12th person has died with the coronavirus in Marion County, according to state data. Meanwhile, as Iowa had a near-record day for case growth, there were 15 new cases in Mahaska County. 

Iowa tallied an increase of 2,818 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, nearly a single-day record.

The state set records across the board for hospitalizations: tallying the most patients in a hospital (777), most in the intensive care unit (182) and most admitted in the last 24 hours (164).

Active cases in Mahaska County remained above 300 on Wednesday.

Marion County reported 13 new cases of the virus. Hospitalizations were up to eight there, according to the latest available state data as of Monday.

The outbreak at Accura Healthcare of Knoxville added five cases, now up to 12, according to state data.

In Mahaska County, the outbreak at the Oskaloosa Care Center remained at 54 cases.

Iowa reported 22 new deaths, 1,226 new recoveries and 6,626 individuals tested for the first time.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. It is often mild and some individuals remain asymptomatic or have only cold or flu symptoms. But the disease can be more severe, require hospitalization and lead to death, particularly in older or immunocompromised people.

Experts, including those at the CDC, say wearing masks when in public, keeping at least 6 feet of distance between people when possible, and good hygiene can prevent the spread.

The Oskaloosa Herald relies on data reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, using its coronavirus data dashboard at Data is checked each day at 10 a.m. and then compared to the data previously captured from the dashboard to produce stories.

The state has changed how it reported the data several times, and local officials often produce data based on different standards or in different timeframes. Therefore, the data will not always align with other sources.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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